We met on Craigslist.
That's where Tamara found a room to rent when she moved to town to start a new job. It was in a big house with five roommates all working on PhDs; one of them was Rick.
With a shared sense of humor and appreciation for a good craft beer, we were instant friends. It was soon obvious we had found our perfect match.
Twelve years later, our relationship is built on respect, honesty, love and fun. (And of course, being good roommates to each other.)
We plan to bring up children with the same values; cultivating a love of life, helping them find their passions and building the confidence and skills to follow them. It's an honor to shepherd a new soul through life, and we're ready to grow the love we already share so deeply in our little family.
We live in a 150-year old farmhouse with some funky new additions. There's an old-fashioned wood stove on one end and an art and music studio on the other. The four bedrooms have high ceilings and lots of bright sunshine. We know how lucky we are.
Our backyard is surrounded by woods, and a stream runs through the property. We love hanging out in the yard, picking apples from our trees for cider and pies, and having friends over for cookouts and doggie play dates.
We think we have the best of both worlds - living in a rural neighborhood with lots of space, but within walking distance to our town's main street and its charming restaurants and shops. Our community celebrates art, music, food, and education.
With several major cities an easy drive away, we get to see Broadway shows in New York and visit Boston for quick getaways. But the best part of our home is living close to family and seeing them several times a week. We end each summer cramming into minivans and spending a week at the beach with the whole family - kids, dogs, and a few extra friends.
The world is sometimes a difficult place. Everyone has their own struggles, disappointments and failures. So while we're not perfect, we work hard to make our home a place of peace, safety and joy. We are looking forward to filling it with family.
Rick's only vice is the secret desire to slap food out of people's hands at the perfect moment, then laugh hysterically at his own joke. Fortunately for the rest of us, he has excellent self-control.
As his constant companion, and therefore frequent target of his jokes, living with Rick is pretty fun. His unfailing humor brings us joy, which is what we strive for in our house.
Rick grew up in New England. He's a scientist who started his own tech company a few years ago. He works hard, but makes time with family a priority. At home, he is passionate about cooking, and is in charge of all things food-related. He grows vegetables and bakes us fresh bread. When he's not feeding family and friends, he is entertaining everyone with jokes and stories. He is our 5-year old nephew's personal hero.
Most importantly, Rick is a good person to his core. He is one of the most caring, ethical, and intelligent people I've ever met. He's always ready to listen to a new idea or different perspective, and will freely admit when he was wrong. He is humble, patient and can brighten any room just by being there.
I feel so much gratitude every day to have him in my life. It is my first thought in the morning and the last thing I remind myself before I fall asleep. He is fiercely loving and protective, and I can't wait to see him become a father to a very lucky child.
Tamara is a writer who gets to work from home with frequent interruptions from two furry coworkers - our cat Olive and dog Marjorie. In her free time she's ready for any kind of adventure. She grew up in Southern California, and loves skating, paddle boarding, playing piano, knitting, reading, and doing absolutely anything with best friend, her sister.
Tamara is very smart and quick witted. She's an excellent storyteller. She’s a lot of fun to be around and is always looking to maximize the potential of any situation. She is very caring, and always has the interests of others on her mind.
Helping others is one of her passions. Tamara volunteers as an advocate for children going through abuse and neglect cases. She has also coached junior roller derby for several years, working to build confidence and strength in children that will last a lifetime.
Tamara has so many amazing qualities that would make her a great mother. She is a natural caretaker who brings the best out of those around her. She has a big joyful personality and a knack for easily adapting to new situations. She is the one who will make sure that everyone is fully stocked up on essentials before she heads straight into the storm. That is how nurturing and fierce she is; she looks out for everyone around her before readily taking on a storm, both literally and figuratively. Tamara will be a loving and protective hands-on mother.